Focal plane array with a Ka-band silicon transmitter on chip for VSAT applications

A. Zamanifekri, Y. Pei, Y. Chen, A.B. Smolders, D.M.W. Leenaerts, M. Geurts

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This paper presents the performance of a focal plane array operating in transmit mode at 30 GHz for use in future Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSAT). The performance of the array is analyzed in front of a reflector with a small F/D ratio. The focal plane fields are synthesized using an array with aperture-coupled microstrip antennas. This configuration is used to determine the optimal excitation coefficients. A Silicon transmitter integrated circuit (IC) using a phase shifting up-converter operating at 30 GHz is designed and measured together with the antenna to generate a complex gain constellation for the required beam steering. The experimental results are used to calculate the far-field pattern of the complete system.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of The 8th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP) 6-11 april 2014, The Hague, The Netherlands
Place of PublicationPiscataway
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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